Those Killer First Chapters: July 2

Those Killer First Chapters: How to grip your reader right from the beginning. Get the attention of literary agents and editors. Literary agent Carrie Kania will give her insights and will read your submission letter when you’re ready.

Simon van Booy will pop in to answer your questions on getting attention on both sides of the Atlantic – for novels, short stories and non-fiction.

Free entry into the evening salon and a copy of The Good Son. Saturday July 2 Waterstones Piccadilly.

More info here.

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Currently finalist for The People’s Book Prize & longlisted for The Polari Prize
Chosen as
Brighton’s City Reads 2016
Shortlisted: The Guardian’s
‘Not The Booker’ Prize
The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award
ELLE Magazine
Best Books of 2015
The Irish Independent Top Reads of 2015
One of
The Reading Agency Staff Picks Best of 2015
Wales Arts Review –
Fiction of the Year
Number 1 Beach Read
The Pool
Gransnet Best Christmas Read for 2015
Savidge Reads and Pam Reader Blogs Books of the Year

Novel vs Short Story: me, Simon van Booy & Fiona McFarlane

Honoured to be sharing the stage with Fiona McFarlane and Simon van Booy in my favourite venue in the world! Hope some of you can some. Here’s the skinny…

Tonight three authors will debate the pleasures and pitfalls of the two forms as readers and writers of both. Award-winning Simon van Booy joins us from the USA and Fiona McFarlane visits us from Australia, making her first UK appearance. Paul McVeigh, author and co-founder of London Short Story Festival completes the panel with literary agent Carrie Kania chairing. Lively readings, engaging conversations and signings with a glass of wine.

Simon Van Booy is the author of three collections of short stories and three novels, with his most recent novel ‘Father’s Day’, just published in the UK by One World. In 2010, he won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for his collection Love Begins in Winter. His fiction has been translated into seventeen languages.

Fiona McFarlane’s novel, The Night Guest, will be published in 19 countries and 15 languages, and won a NSW Premier’s Prize and Fiona was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist for 2014. Fiona’s short stories have been published in the New Yorker her debut collection ‘The High Places’ is out now.

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel ‘The Good Son’ was chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and has been shortlisted for numerous awards. His short stories have been published in journals and anthologies and read on BBC Radio 4 and 5. Paul is also the co-founder of the London Short Story Festival and associate director of Word Factory the UK’s premier short story salon.

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